The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters
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The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

List Criteria: Characters that have appeared on SNL only.

The best Saturday Night Live characters of all time include classic, unforgettable characters brought to life by the best cast members on SNL. The list itself is impressive, filled with hilarious characters from the greatest SNL shows from the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. Whether it's Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat, Chris Farley's Matt Foley or John Belushi's Samurai, the characters on this list represent the absolute greatest - those that made us laugh for days after the show aired. This is a vote ranked list, so be sure to cast your vote for your personal favorite SNL character ever (and vote down any characters you don't like). If you don't see your fave on the list, feel free to add it!

Saturday Night Live's original sketch comedy represents some of the funniest ever on television. Since the show first aired in 1975, so many talented comedians and actors have given their all to make sure everyone kept laughing. Whether it's the recurring characters from the early years like The Coneheads and The Blues Brothers, or more modern classics like Chris Kattan's Mango, Adam Sandler's Opera Man or, more recently, Bill Hader's Stefon, all are memorable and all are truly funny.

Who are the best characters on SNL? For more great SNL info, check out these lists of the best 'Saturday Night Live' original cast sketches, monologues, sketches from the 1980s and the 1990s. Ever wonder who the most frequent 'SNL' hosts are? There's a list for that, along with information about the youngest and oldest 'SNL' hosts ever - and 'SNL' hosts who were banned. Enjoy!


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    Dana Carvey

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    Mike Myers

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    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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    Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

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    Stefon Bill Hader

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    John Belushi

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

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    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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    Sarah Palin Tina Fey

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    Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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    The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Dana Carvey

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    George Bush Dana Carvey

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    The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin Pete Schweddy's Balls

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    Eddie Murphy

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    Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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    Martin Short

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    Don Novello

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    Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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    Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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    Gilda Rander

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    The Continental Christopher Walken

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    The Ladies Man Tim Meadows Tim Meadows

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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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    Julia Sweeney

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    Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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    Robert Goulet Will Ferrell Will Ferrell

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    Eddie Murphy

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    Toonces the Driving Cat

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    Will Forte

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    Bob Swerski George Wendt Da Bearsss!

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    Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell Cowbell!

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    Dan Akyroyd

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    Phil Hartman

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    James Brown Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphey

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